The Palatinate “die Pfalz” is a German wine growing region within the state of Rhineland/ Palatinate “Rheinland-Pfalz”. The word 'Pfalz' is a derivation of the Latin word palatium, meaning palace. It is located in the southwest of Germany and borders with the Saarland in the west, the Hunsrück in northwest, Baden, Hessen and the Rhine in the east and the French Alsace in the south. Because of its very mild almost Mediterranean climate, the ambience and the beautiful landscape it is often called “German Tuscany”. The Palatinate is also home to the German wine route “Deutsche Weinstrasse”, the oldest and most well-known German tourist route. About 85 km of wine growing area begins with the gate in Bockenheim in the north and ends with the southerly gate in Schweigen-Rechtenbach close to the French border. There is a 95 km cycle track which winds up and down the hills and through vineyards, or enjoy a leisurely 100 km hiking trail which walks you through the breath taking scenery.
No matter what time of year you can explore the beauty and tranquillity of the Palatinate.
Along the route you will enjoy old castles, traditional wine villages and year round wine festivals, these shape the atmosphere of the Palatinate. Half-timbered houses, near ly everyone decorated with big and beautiful oleander citrus or fig trees, as well as numerous pubs and restaurants, all are typical for the German wine route.
They offer plenty of ‘picture-perfect’ photos opportunies.
“Straußenwirtschaften” taverns open their doors to the public during the wine season from late August to the end of October. They allow you a glimpse of the complex process of making wine, a visit to their wine cellar and they will invite you to stop, rest and enjoy a nice glass of Palatine red or white.
Almost 2000 hours of annual sunshine ‘spoil’ the Palatinate. It’s no surprise that you find many people taking advantage of it all, by sitting outside and enjoying the local Riesling to Secco. Coffee and homemade cake “Kaffee und Kuchen” is a must, as is the traditional local cuisine, from liver dumpling “Leberknödel”. In September, the beginning of the new wine season, "neuer Wein, Federweisser, und Zwiebelkuchen” onion tart or maybe an onion quiche?
Delicious and worth a try!
The Palatinate with its 23,400 hectares, is the second largest wine growing region in Germany and it is the Riesling country par excellence. Although the white wines are king in the region, visitors should also try “Portugieser Weißherbst”, a crisp salmon-coloured rosé. It is especially liked in the summer. Red wines like Dornfelder, Pinot Noir “Spätburger” or St. Laurent also play a leading role in the region. The wine connoisseur can also find modern international varieties such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnays
which many wineries have enjoyed great success and have chosen to specialise in.